Pink salt, sea salt, table salt, black salt, rock salt, Himalayan salt – they have all have their own health benefits, right?
Despite popular opinion, these salts are still salt. Whether they’ve come from the highest of mountains or the bottom of the sea floor, they still contain sodium which can be harmful to our health. The popular belief is that these salts are ‘healthier’ or better for us. Some do in fact have more minerals – but nothing that we can’t get from eating fresh, unprocessed foods.
The reality is that all of these salts all contribute to our sodium intake and if we consume too much, puts us at an increased risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.
Don’t be fooled by the pretty colours!
Want to know some other popular misconceptions about salt? Read on.
I don’t have much salt – I don’t even add it to my food
Contrary to what you might think, you actually don’t need to add salt to have a really high salt intake. Shocking, right? Most of our salt intake, approximately 75%, comes from processed foods. Think about your deli meats, sauces and cheeses – you could be eating teaspoons of salts without even using the salt shaker! Whilst not adding salt to your meal is helping manage your salt intake, make sure you look at the sodium levels on labels – this is where you will be making the biggest difference for you and your family.
It doesn’t taste salty, so there mustn’t be much or any salt in it
Surely my chocolate chip muffin doesn’t have excessive amounts of salt? Many baked goods will have a lot of added salt, despite tasty so deliciously sweet. Next time you are picking up a muffin or donut for a snack – ask the baker, or better still, try to make them at home.
I don’t have high blood pressure so I don’t need to worry
Healthy eating and making informed choices shouldn’t just happen when you’re diagnosed with an illness. Making changes in your diet today can help you avoid the development of conditions like high blood pressure that are linked to heart disease and stroke. Here’s something you can do right now – read the label and remove the salt shaker from the table!
Salt-less = flavour-less
It’s often the first rule of cooking – don’t forget the salt. But how often do you actually think to replace salt with something else? Herbs and spices are a healthy and delicious way to add different elements of flavour into your dishes without the need for salt. They can even enhance the flavour and aromas of your meals in a much more unique way. Don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen!